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Keeping sight of the ‘Cockney Sparrow’ in London

Sparrows have a rich history in this city, so let’s hope they stick around, says Bob Gilbert.

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Anu Paalova at Jivita Ayurveda

Alternative therapies: ‘I discovered the healing power of ayurveda’

While practicing yoga around six years ago, Anu Paavola decided she wanted to understand more about her body.

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Volunteer gardeners working at Cecil Sharp House: Susannah Hall, Hugh Livingstone, Kayode Olafimihan & Sean Tansey. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Gardening: Got a garden that needs a makeover? You need to Permablitz it

If I had any mental picture of the entrance way to Cecil Sharp House, Regent’s Park Road, NW1, it was of something rather dry and gloomy, of being flanked by dark trees as one made a hesitant progress towards the non-obvious front door. It certainly was not of a vibrant flower bed.

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Renovated Virgin Active in Crouch End. Regular clients Katy Mills, left, and Rachael Field Roddis with Snow Patrol drummer Jonny Quinn. Photograph: Rosie Hallam

Competition: Win a year-long membership at Crouch End Virgin Active Health Club

To celebrate the re-launch of Crouch End Virgin Active Health Club, we are offering two readers the chance to win a free yearlong membership at the club.

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Julie Kerr

Former model turned bulimia recovery coach talks about her turnaround

After struggling to avert your eye from the confectionery stand, your gaze takes you to the magazine rack as you wait in the queue of any newsagents worth its salt.

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DAYTONA by Cotton, Joe (Harry Shearer), Billy (Oliver Cotton) and Elli (Maureen Lipman) Writer - Oliver Cotton,  Director - David Grindley, Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, 2014, Credit: Johan Persson/

Maureen Lipman won’t spill the beans on the big secret behind latest show

At least according to newspaper folklore, the trouble with even the most wonderful actors is that they are typically the trickiest people to interview.

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Hornsey school for girls celebrating good ofsted report, Students pictured with Head teacher Carol Jones

What are the benefits of a single sex education?

Choosing a secondary school is hard, even for the most competitive parent-child teams. There are academic queries, state or independent considerations and swimming pool conundrums. Then there is the seemingly eternal question of co-education or single-sex.

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ICON Training

New Lords traineeships equipping the young with skills for work

As the UK economy begins to show signs of recovery, the pressure on large and small businesses alike is starting to subside. The benefits of austerity, however, aren’t extending enough to the young and unemployed, as a recent report by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills reveals.

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Feeling the healing

The revolutionary road of Mindful Movement

The mindful revolution continues, quietly. Across the country, school pupils and business leaders are being taught to focus on the present.

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Beat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with sense of balance and stability

Most people have trouble balancing a hectic work schedule, commute and social life. For those with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) this balance has to be completely re-addressed.

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Apps Kids @ Bermotech

Bermotech teaches youngsters to crack coding by end of summer

As the wheels of technology spin ever faster, parents are facing up to the terrifying prospect that soon their children will know far more than them.

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Education

Andrew Dismore. Picture: Polly Hancock

Figures reveal Barnet has more pupils than places

Nearly half of Barnet’s schools have more pupils than places according to figures released last week.

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High Speed 2

An artist's impression of how the new Parliament Hill School building will look. Picture: ASTUDIO Ltd

Dams project and schools development to turn Hampstead Heath into ‘battlefield’

Hampstead Heath will be a “nightmare” for three years when hundreds of lorries descend as part of construction works for a £22million schools redevelopment and the controversial dams project, a conservationist has warned.

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Obituaries

Herbert Levy

Obituary: Kindertransport refugee and Anne Frank guide who escaped Hitler’s clutches dies

A tour guide who taught Anne Frank’s story to thousands, including former Prime Minister Tony Blair, has died aged 85.

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